Time Killers is a 1992 weapon-based fighting arcade game developed by Incredible Technologies and published by Strata. Along with Allumer's Blandia, Time Killers is one of the earliest weapon-based fighting games modeled after its competitor Capcom's 1991 arcade hit Street Fighter II, but later became overshadowed by the success of SNK's 1993 weapon-based fighting game, Samurai Shodown.
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The game was ported to the Mega Drive/Genesis and was scheduled for a release some time after the arcade game's, but was pushed back for a few years due to its violence level and gore. It was eventually published by Black Pearl in 1996 but sold poorly, due to being cited by most video game magazine critics as having incredibly poor graphics, sound and playability.
Time Killers plays much like Mortal Kombat, albeit slightly more complex, with some similarities to the also-popular Street Fighter II. Rather than the standard layout of punches and kicks of various strengths, a specific button is used to attack with the corresponding body part: left arm, right arm, left leg, right leg, and the head. A stronger attack can be executed by pressing both limb buttons at the same time. The attack buttons involving respective arms and legs are also the basis of BloodStorm as well as Namco Bandai's Tekken series, the 2011 Mortal Kombat game, and Bio F.R.E.A.K.S..
One of the most notable aspects of the game is how damage is sustained to the characters during battle. If enough damage is done to an arm, that limb will be torn completely off from the character's body, rendering it useless in combat. It is possible for both limbs to be lost, thus forcing the character to fight with only their legs and head. Damage can also be done to the legs, but unlike the arms they cannot be removed. Sometimes, depending on when the blow is landed, an arm can be taken off with one or two hits.
Another notorious aspect of Time Killers is its Instant Kills or '"eath Move", which, if executed and hit successfully, will lop off the opponent's head and immediately end the round. It is simply done by pressing all five buttons at once. Unlike MK's "Fatalities", which can be done only after the opponent has been defeated in 2 rounds, they can be done any time the player desires. There is also a "Super Death Move", which can only be done while next to stunned opponents by holding the joystick in the direction that moves the character toward the opponent and pressing all five buttons. This attack removes both arms and the head. When the round ends, any lost body parts (including the head) are "magically" restored in a display of deus ex machina as though nothing had happened.